Wednesday, August 08, 2007

"What Do You Think Is Missing From The Internet"?

My recent post about Mark Cuban being wrong got me thinking (it's about internets versus intranets) .

Apart from a move to web services (via xml and lets for arguments sake include rss even though thats a stretch), there hasn't been anything 'revolutionary' rather than just plain 'evolutionary' in the last few years.

So that got me thinking
"What Do You Think Is Missing From The Internet"?

I'm going to post some ideas later this week but in the interim take a minute or two to post what you think is 'missing'.



  1. I know everyone is going to say higher speeds - once you have higher speeds you can then implement more services like video or better remote access however what I think is missing from the web today is "identification" and "authentication".

    On one hand I freak out about big brother tracking but on the other hand I feel it's holding us back from moving on the a new level.


  2. Dean,

    On the revolutinary side of things - do you mean in NY or in general? I agree - semantic web but it's not there yet. Nova Spivak has Radar and I'm quite out of touch with what he's doing but it was quite interesting a few years back. I also think all things visual or graphic and I'm not even sure I know what that means yet but I remember the first stock I ever bought was Scitex because they enabled vivid color images to be captured and printed in way not previously done. Google Earth picks up on this theme too (I know, not new). Also, and this is NOT a DFJ plug, but Skype was revolutionary [I think] (and we had zero economic stake in it at DFJG) and MySpace/Facebook aren't revolutionary in terms of technology but they seem to have set off revolutions of a sort.

    Just one man's view and email never captures it all but gotta stop for now...


  3. Danny,
    I think what facebook is doing is as revolutionary as we're getting these days, although not all revolutions succeed. At the very least, you can't group them with myspace.

    I agree with Joseph. Intelligence is what is missing. User generated media is today. Intelligent, user filtered media and personalized distribution is tomorrow. If youtube personalized their homepage to my interests, demographics, etc I would use them more. Digg is the biggest in the user filtered space, but even they use blunt force metrics, are guilty of groupthink, and are not personalized. They will be. This is what my company is focused on, so I hope I'm right. ;-)

    Some of tomorrow's revolutions will also be:
    * merging of e-mail, SMS, and chat. Mobile e-mail will be as fast as (and possibly replace) SMS and chat on all phones in a few years. Our grandchildren will laugh at us for once having separate services for chat, mail, and SMS (that is, if our grandchildren are geeks that way).
    * Centralized media distribution. Apple will take the lead on this with iTv. We can look forward to watching Grey's Anatomy on television the same way we watch it on - skinned and branded by allergy medicine.

    Steve Spurgat